Archive for September, 2006

Another prayer for Adam

Adam is a wonderful child. His smiles capture you and hold you in a moment you wish you could stay forever. That’s the joy of little ones. They’re totally dependent on others to live. They have no choice but to be held in your arms and fed by your hand. They trust. Their life depends on a mother and a father to care for them.

Adam has stopped gaining weight. He is 11lb. 11oz. and has dropped from his growth curve. This was communicated to us by his Doctor as a “danger zone.”

He will start cereal and is taking some medicine. He is scheduled to have his weight checked in one month.

Could you pray and fast for his healing. One day, one meal. I believe it makes a difference. The power of prayer is amazing.

peace.
johno~

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One Year Old

Happy Bloggerday to me… WOW! It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since my first attempt at blogging. Sixty-five journals of my thoughts over one year… That’s 5.416 logs per month. I’m not sure if that’s good or not.

Anyhow, it’s therapeutic if anything. To look back over the year and see where I was and what was going on. Tragedy, Life, Death, Celebrations, Hope. What a journey.

However, I wonder after a year if I have maintained, in any way, the idea of “Daily being lead by the Spirit.” I realize I get in the way of Spiritual things many, many times and other times ignore the Spirit completely. As I drove home tonight, the words of this song hit me.

I keep trying to find a life
On my own, apart from You
I am the king of excuses
I’ve got one for every selfish thing I do

What’s going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a Savior

(chorus)
I wanna be in the Light
As You are in the Light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the Light
All I want is to be in the Light

The disease of self runs through my blood
It’s a cancer fatal to my soul
Every attempt on my behalf has failed
To bring this sickness under control

Tell me, what’s going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a Savior

Honesty becomes me
[There's nothing left to lose]
The secrets that did run me
[In Your presence are defused]
Pride has no position
[And riches have no worth]
The fame that once did cover me
[Has been sentenced to this Earth]
Has been sentenced to this Earth

Tell me, what’s going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a Savior

I wanna be in the Light
As You are in the Light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the Light
All I want is to be in the Light

“In the Light” by DC Talk

It’s tough to realize how true this song is about me. (I wish it be be played at my funeral)

Well, I will attempt another year of myself exposed and so I’ll end this momentous blog with this prayer.

I wanna be in the Light
As You are in the Light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the Light
All I want is to be in the Light

Amen.
johno~

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Peace

Is world peace possible? After 36 years of life, I have yet to see it. However, I do believe in it. My frend Jason made me really think about the subject recently. Do I really seek peace? Is it possible? I believe it is possible. I sometimes think I am in the minority on this subject. It’s tought to think that such an undertaking could happen… World Peace.

I was encouraged when I found this in the book of Micah.

In the last days, the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem will become the most important place on earth. People from all over the world will go there to worship. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There he will teach us his ways, so that we may obey him.” For in those days the LORD’s teaching and his word will go out from Jerusalem.
The LORD will settle international disputes. All the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. All wars will stop, and military training will come to an end. Everyone will live quietly in their own homes in peace and prosperity, for there will be nothing to fear. The LORD Almighty has promised this!

A wonderful response from the Lord… a magnificent promise. Yet, “WE” are the ones who seem to fight the peace our Father would have for us. What is our response to this?

James says,

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure.
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God.

It doesn’t have to be this way… War can end. Live can be lived. I was encouraged by an article sent to me by World Vision that offers peace to many children who are being used by the LRA in Northern Uganda against their will. After 20 years. It is time for peace.

Many of you have taken part in the invisible children campaign and are very familiar with the terror going on in the lives of children.

Pray for peace in Uganda in Jesus name. It is the only way.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility

-Ephesians 2:14

peace.
johno~

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I will never forget…

I Promise.

peace.
johno~

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TAG? I didn't know we were playing tag.

A book that changed my life besides the Bible:
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

A book I’ve read more than once:
I don’t usually re-read books… I’m a slow reader. However, I have often found myself returning to these pages more than once… Pajama Time, Sandra Boynton, Shaping The Things To Come by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island:
How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

A book that made me laugh:
Prehistory of the Far Side, Gary Larson

A book that I wish had been written:
The Do Do Ministry, How to work with the ministries we do, do. (Note… I am working on this one, just in case someone else also wishes it had been written).

A book that I wish had never been written:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Enhancing Your Self Esteem.” Uh, step one to enhancing your self esteem: Don’t buy anything that refers to you as an IDIOT!

A book I’ve been meaning to read:
The Man Eaters of Tsavo by John Patterson’s, How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

I’m currently reading:
Living Jesus : Learning the Heart of the Gospel by Luke Timothy Johnson, The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

Consider yourself tagged if your name starts with:
Jason Hill, Glenn Cash, Mike Thomas, Linda MacDonald, Big Mike Lewis, Kimberly Harmon, Dan Shaefer

peace.
johno~

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TAG? I didn’t know we were playing tag.

A book that changed my life besides the Bible:
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

A book I’ve read more than once:
I don’t usually re-read books… I’m a slow reader. However, I have often found myself returning to these pages more than once… Pajama Time, Sandra Boynton, Shaping The Things To Come by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island:
How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

A book that made me laugh:
Prehistory of the Far Side, Gary Larson

A book that I wish had been written:
The Do Do Ministry, How to work with the ministries we do, do. (Note… I am working on this one, just in case someone else also wishes it had been written).

A book that I wish had never been written:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Enhancing Your Self Esteem.” Uh, step one to enhancing your self esteem: Don’t buy anything that refers to you as an IDIOT!

A book I’ve been meaning to read:
The Man Eaters of Tsavo by John Patterson’s, How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

I’m currently reading:
Living Jesus : Learning the Heart of the Gospel by Luke Timothy Johnson, The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

Consider yourself tagged if your name starts with:
Jason Hill, Glenn Cash, Mike Thomas, Linda MacDonald, Big Mike Lewis, Kimberly Harmon, Dan Shaefer

peace.
johno~

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Still alive!

Sorry for the sudden drop off the face of the world… My every effort was to keep everyone up-to-date on our mission trip and, well… Tuba City, Arizona is not a super communication hub. My cell phone had no signal and my access to internet was very limited. So, I am sorry.

To make up for it I post this amazing artists footage. Be amazed, be very amazed.

Now that I’ve made up, I hope to be back on track.

peace.
johno~

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